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Android Mobile Phone OS More Susceptible to Malware than iOS

Security companies warn that malware on mobile devices is on the rise - hackers focusing mostly on Google's highly popular Android platform.

According to an article (opens in new tab)on The Financial Times, a security report from Juniper Networks claimed there was a 400 percent increase in Android malware between June 2010 and January 2011.

Mobile security firm Lookout revealed that Android users were 2.5 times more likely to come across malware in July 2011 than they were at the start of the year.

Lookout also claimed hackers are spending time in learning how to spread malware on mobile platform and how to monetise on their activities.

McAfee claims it is easier to distribute malware on Android than iOS because Android is open while Apple regulates the distribution and use of apps very tightly.

"Apple has a walled garden, with its curating of apps for its App Store, so it's had far fewer instances of malware, but Android is far more porous," said John Dasher, McAfee senior director of mobile security.

"There are more than a dozen apps sites, it's very easy to download apps and ‘sideload' apps on to a device, and so it's far easier for a hacker to get an app published that contains malware," he added.